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US Army engineers begin post-Sandy coastal study

30 May 13 Scientists and engineers from the US Army Corps of Engineers have launched a US$20m (£13.2m) study to determine how best to reduce flood and storm damage risks along the North Atlantic coast.

Hurricane Sandy approaching the Atlantic coast of the U.S. in the early morning hours of 29 October 2012. (NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon)
Hurricane Sandy approaching the Atlantic coast of the U.S. in the early morning hours of 29 October 2012. (NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon)

The study is being carried out under the Disaster Relief Appropriation Act, which authorised up to US$20m in funding for the work and set a deadline of January 2015.

The scientists and engineers will consider future sea-level rise scenarios and integrate economic, climatological, engineering, environmental and societal data from Virginia to Maine. They will develop a comprehensive framework to reduce coastal flood risk and promote resiliency, said Joseph Vietri, director of the National Planning Center of Expertise for Coastal Storm Risk Management, who is leading the effort for the Corps.

According to Vietri, the study will be collaborative, comprehensive and integrated, and conducted in partnership with federal, tribal, state and local government representatives as well as non-government organisations, academia, technical experts and interested parties.

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